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#6334931 - 09/27/18 09:15 PM Skunks (How Many will live together under house)
Archer156 Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 105
Loc: Vernon, Texas
Have caught four adult skunks under house in consecutive days? How many will live together denned under a house?
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#6334947 - 09/27/18 09:19 PM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
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Registered: 01/22/16
Posts: 3745
Loc: WI - Wisconsin
That seems like a lot of adults.
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#6335073 - 09/28/18 12:46 AM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
PWC Offline
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Registered: 08/24/11
Posts: 127
Loc: Oregon
Ive seen numbers in the high teens.

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#6335436 - 09/28/18 01:14 PM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
Monster Toms Offline
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Registered: 05/16/10
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Loc: The great cage state Colorado
10-15 not uncommon here. Bachelor colonies under sheds or wood foundation farm houses.
Spring time maternal colonies up to 6 females with kits if the space permits.

Usually a crazy cat lady or cat colony nearby.
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#6337077 - 09/30/18 03:58 PM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
traprjohn Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Central NC
my record is 7
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#6337100 - 09/30/18 04:36 PM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
BigBob Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: St. Louis Co, Mo
As I understand it, Skunks are very gregarious and will pile in a den and sleep in a different one every night, This also help spread disease's.
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#6337141 - 09/30/18 05:42 PM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
sgs Offline
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Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 830
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: Monster Toms
10-15 not uncommon here. Bachelor colonies under sheds or wood foundation farm houses.
Spring time maternal colonies up to 6 females with kits if the space permits.


This fascinates me. It shows how different animals can act, area to area.

In my area, striped skunks are usually solitary. Females will winter together with possibly one male present. Males are solitary year round. They do not tolerate each other. There are no bachelor colonies here in my experience. There are no maternal colonies. Our skunks spray if another skunk shows up at an occupied den.

As to the OP question, my record is twelve females from one den in November.

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#6337168 - 09/30/18 06:11 PM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
Kirk De Offline
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Registered: 12/04/08
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Loc: Georgia
Caught 16 one year from a hole going under a house over a 6 week period.

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#6344291 - 10/09/18 07:52 PM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
bdrooks Offline
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Registered: 12/21/10
Posts: 67
Loc: culloden ga
my top was 22 skunks this year out of 1 hole. I know it was not under a house but it was close to his barn and he wanted them gone. now that was in early feb. so breeding season was in full swing. 18 males and 4 females. never baited a trap. set double door traps in the brush in there lane ways and covered the wire floor. probably could have caught more but it was the end of the 2 week trapping session and he did not want to pay for another week at the moment.
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#6344568 - 10/10/18 07:29 AM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
Monster Toms Offline
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Registered: 05/16/10
Posts: 1372
Loc: The great cage state Colorado
current job, I'm at 12 from under a 12x20 cabin in town. Again feeding multiple cats. Crazy lady thought the skunks were fine until they started coming in the house.
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#6345523 - 10/11/18 03:56 PM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
Jim Comstock Offline
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Registered: 02/11/11
Posts: 141
Loc: New York
Breeding season there are often 6-12 around here. Spring its' frequently mom and kids, 5-9. Other times its just a single male. Sometimes more than one litter are on a property which makes for big numbers. Remember one spot between two houses where skunks were grubbing, all adults. The lady paid for 7 then was about frapped out so I told her I would do the rest just to see what was there. Ended up 11.

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#6345845 - 10/12/18 07:29 AM Re: Skunks (How Many will live together under house) [Re: Archer156]
Jonesie Offline
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Registered: 08/08/07
Posts: 946
Loc: Monroeville NJ
In my area very seldom will I catch more than one adult at the same spot and time unless it is breeding season. But I can catch adults every night or every other night. This is under a deck or shed, yet out in the farm areas around barns or such or large ware house type buildings I can catch more than one at the same hole the same night. I believe if there are areas where the skunks can sleep away from each other there will be multiple skunks per day. Just like coon Skunks become solitary after a year except for females with young.


Edited by Jonesie (10/12/18 07:30 AM)
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